On Monday I shared my favorite technique for using a dark wax over bare wood. Today I thought I’d focus on using other colors of wax over bare wood (or white washed wood).
Once again, all of my favorite wax brands make a version of white wax.
Starting at the top and moving clockwise that’s Miss Mustard Seed White Wax, Homestead House White Wax, the Real Milk Paint Co Soft White Wax, and Fusion Liming Wax.
That brings up the first question, are white wax and liming wax the same thing?
I don’t have a definitive answer from the experts, but I’m pretty sure they can be used interchangeably. One may have a slightly different color, or maybe a little more or less pigment, but as you can see all of the white waxes that I have are slightly different in color anyway.
You can apply white wax to bare wood in just the same way as the dark waxes that I talked about on Monday. If you need a refresher you can refer back to that post. However, I often choose to apply a coat of clear wax before applying the white. The purpose of that is to soften the look of the white wax and allow it to blend a little bit more. But if you want that cerused or lime waxed look to be more pronounced and you really want to see those streaks of white that catch in the grain of your wood, go ahead and just use the white wax right over your bare wood.
The tabletop below has a coat of clear wax followed by a coat of white wax.
As does the top of this washstand.
These days I almost always apply my wax with a brush and then remove any excess wax with an old t-shirt. The large Miss Mustard Seed wax brush is a favorite of mine (you can find it online at Carver Junk Co if you need one). Mine is well used …
Another favorite light wax of mine is grey wax. I used to make my own grey wax by mixing black and white wax together.
But now when I want grey wax I just use Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in Grunge Grey.
I used this wax on a coffee table last winter.
It gives that sort of driftwood appearance.
Finally, there is always the option of just using a clear furniture wax over bare wood. That’s what I did on this buffet top.
Just keep in mind that clear wax won’t alter the color of your wood like the tinted waxes will, it also won’t help blend any discolorations that your wood might have.
But if you love the natural color of the wood on your piece, try just using clear wax.
Before I let you go I want to mention that besides being an incredibly easy and relatively foolproof technique to use, I think wax provides the most natural looking finish for beautiful wood.
It isn’t the most impervious finish, nor is it the shiniest. If you’re looking for a perfect looking finish, maybe wax isn’t for you.
But if you like to embrace the imperfections in old furniture and bring them back to life just a bit, definitely give this a try!
Also, if you’d like to learn more about lime waxing or white washing, check out this post …